“Why is our patient on dialysis?” If I had a dollar for every medical student that asked me this question, I could definitely afford a nice meal out with my wife. I’ve found that many students have a minimal understanding of dialysis and think that its only usage is in the care of patients with chronic kidney disease—I know I certainly did once upon a time.
Don't rack your brain figuring out how to shine on your neurology rotation and prepare for the neurology shelf. These high-yield Step 2 resources will help you both maximize your performance and minimize any headache in the process.
Preparing for the USMLE Step 2 CS can be frustrating. You know it’s graded pass/fail and there’s a high pass rate, so you don’t want to spend too much time studying and take too much time away from other pursuits.
But at the same time, it’s expensive, requires travel for many students, the pass rate has been dropping slightly, and so no one wants to deal with taking it more than once.
Here I have assembled the most important pieces of advice I like to provide to students who are thinking about or preparing for Step 2 CS.
When it comes to MS3 rotations, not all are created equal! That is because some rotations are inherently more difficult than others. While much of this can vary from school to school, one thing is certain: internal medicine is a difficult rotation.
More so, virtually every student, no matter what specialty he or she plans to go into, needs to have a solid grasp of medicine and do well on this rotation. The internal medicine NBME subject exam is one of the most difficult exams, but doing well on it can set students up to achieve high scores on USMLE Step 2. This post reviews the top resources to use during the internal medicine rotation.
The USMLE Step 2 CS exam inspires a sense of dread amongst many medical students. I certainly remember feeling intimidated when I began to study for it. After all, it has a drastically different format from other USMLE exams. But despite the controversies surrounding the Step 2 CS exam, it seems it will remain a requirement for US medical residency programs for the foreseeable future. So, if you are starting the process of preparing for CS, you have come to the right place.
The day has finally come. You’re about to click start on your first question on the USMLE. Your breathing is rapid and your heart is fluttering, but you try to stay calm. The first question appears and you jump right in. It's a long case, which you start reading from the top... but by the time you finish, you realize you were so nervous you don’t remember anything you just read! On the next question, you try to compensate by reading with extreme attention to detail. You focus on the vital signs and lab work of a sick infant girl, trying to diagnose her illness, only to get to the end of the case and realize it’s an ethics question and the diagnosis doesn’t even matter. Now you’ve wasted more time!
If this sounds familiar, it may be time to refine your question-taking strategy on the USMLE. The following steps provide some helpful tips for best tackling a case-based question on the boards or any medical school exam.
So you’ve got Step 1 under your belt and you should be feeling pretty good about yourself. However, now that you’re preparing to take Step 2 (or 3), you may be wondering how Step 2 and 3 questions differ from Step 1, and whether you’ll need to change your approach. Not to worry! In this post, I’ll cover the techniques I teach my students for tackling question stems.
In my last post, I laid out my advice for DOs studying for both Step 1 and Level 1 – though it certainly applies to students just studying for one or the other as well. To be honest, much of what makes for a successful Level 2 CE and Step 2 CK experience is the same. That shouldn’t be very surprising.
Way back in April, I wrote a post about the recent push by medical students across the US — and beyond — to end Step 2 CS. Since then, the momentum behind the movement has been truly astounding.
Whether you’re struggling with your exams or looking for a competitive edge, it’s no secret that a 1-to-1 tutor can be an incredible asset to your studies. But if you’ve never worked with one before, it’s often daunting to dive in without any idea of what you would be doing or what your relationship would be like.